A Good Friend, A Good Blogger and A Great Agent

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A Good Friend, A Good Blogger and A Great Agent


Well, you have to put them in some order, obviously, but I’d say they are all equal.


Kathy Showe and Jeff Dowler at La Brasserie in La Quinta CaliforniaI had a chance to have lunch today at La Brasserie in La Quinta, one of the California desert cities, with friend KATHY SHOWE.


We’ve been friends on ActiveRain for several years now, and as it always is, our meeting F2F was very special.


I’ve gotten to know Kathy quite well through her blogging, and if you are not a fan you will be if you take a look. So go do so if you don't already know her!!


Kathy KNOWS the California desert well and shares her thoughts and insights about everything you need to know about La Quinta and surrounding areas on ActiveRain, Facebook and elsewhere. I read her posts all the time and have a great deal of respect for her as a fellow blogger.


Kathy also helped a family member of mine to find rental for about 5 months at the beginning of this year. This was a challenge, on many fronts. My aunt was in Massachusetts, and thankfully is pretty Internet-savvy, because she wasn’t making a trip to view properties and rented a property sight-unseen based on her needs and Kathy’s knowledge and recommendations.A winning combination!


It was a great property and in walking distance to the El Paseo area with shopping and dining.  What more could you want for 5 months in the desert?


Big surprise…the owner/landlord sold another home and moved the furniture into one of the main rooms of the unit after the contract was signed and designed that room as off limits. What a surprise when Kathy and my Aunt arrived!!




Kathy went far and beyond to welcome my Aunt, get her at the airport, and get her settled but also to help work through the issues with the landlord. It all worked out, and it took time, but this was all done with complaint. It’s very clear that Kathy does whatever needs to be done to help her clients.


We also have a rental property in the desert and Kathy has been a god-send providing recommended vendors for plumbing and handyman services.


As I have found with so many other Rainers I have had the great fortune to meet in person, Kathy is exactly as I expected her to be, and more. The power os ActiveRain was so obvious - had it not been for AR and blogging, Kathy and I would not have met and gotten to be friends!


Plus I now know her husband who handles property management in the desert. What a terrific resource!


Moving to La Quinta or nearby? Kathy Showe is the person to call!


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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff, Kathy has inspired many bloggers including me. It's great gesture to acknowledge fellow rainer...

Sep 21, 2012 03:49 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It was such fun to meet her after getting to know her so well on-line, and referring my Aunt to her. There are so many special people here and it is always a pleasure to share those friendships.


Sep 21, 2012 05:00 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That is so awesome, Jeff.  I really like Kathy and what a wonderful endorsement.  I love the network here on AR and I'm so glad you finally got to me face to face.

Sep 21, 2012 07:30 PM #3
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

It is wonderful to extend beyond the limits of the computer and meet someone F2F.  Great endorsement of a very good agent!  

Sep 22, 2012 02:49 AM #4
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Jeff,  You are so kind to write such an awesome post and endorsement for Bob and I!  We really enjoyed meeting you in person (finally) and hope you will come back and spend more time with us here in the desert!  It sounds like you love the area... and we would love to have you as neighbors!   Thank you again for lunch and your friendship!  Kathy

Sep 22, 2012 04:12 AM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Jeff   I have read Kathy's posts and she is the greatest .. Isn't it wonderful what fantastic people we meet in the Rain ! I am so happy I read your post today it was a surprise.I expected to read a wonderful market report and instead I see two terrific ActiveRainers and a fantastic story..Good Stuff !! I feel like I know you both ..


Sep 22, 2012 06:14 AM #6
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

It is great that you got together with Kathy.  I am a fan, and hope to meet her one day.

Sep 22, 2012 08:00 AM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, it's been so much fun to meet bloggers in person - you inlcuded!

Sep 22, 2012 01:24 PM #8
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Because of you, I am now subscribed to Kathy. Here is my comment on her reblog:

Quite a post by Jeff about your work ethics and friendship. I, too, have had the pleasure of meeting Jeff a couple of times. I respect him and if he says you are terrific...then it must be so!


Sep 22, 2012 02:22 PM #9
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Jeff, Great "Pay it forward" blog post.  On a seperate note, I have never been this far down on your page and I have to comment on the amazing picture of you and your grandbaby, wow, what a special moment in time.

Sep 24, 2012 05:41 AM #10
1~Laura Filip
1~Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Awesome this is a great place to meet friends and make life long notes along the way.

Oct 30, 2012 09:19 AM #11
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